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Coping with holiday “food-pushers”

December 5th, 2011 | no comments

We all have them in our lives—my own mother happens to be one of them! Disguised as your grandma, aunt Ann, best friend or even co-worker, they have the best of intentions, but are also super-annoying at the same time. They’re called food-pushers and often take the shape of any one of the following:

The Drill Sargent: “Eat more! You’re all skin and bones!”
The Questioner:
“That’s all you’re going to eat?”
The Plate-intruder:
“Here, have another scoop of green bean casserole!”
The Peer-pressure-er:
“Everyone’s having a piece of cheesecake. You don’t want to be left out, do you?”
The Guilt-inflicter
(my mother’s favorite tactic): “You must not like my cooking, you barely ate anything!” (Meanwhile, you just ate a whole plate of food)

There’s no better time of year than the holidays for your food-pusher to get their “fix”. Gone are the days of wolfing down that second helping of Honey Baked ham just to appease your pusher. I continue to be amazed at the number of people who tell me they stuff themselves because they don’t want to hurt their host’s feelings. Are you kidding me?!  The decision to eat is yours and yours alone! I’m not suggesting you tell them to buzz off (although that might work if they just don’t get the hint), just politely turn them down and they’ll move on to their next victim. Try one of these replies on for size:

Drill Sargent: “Eat more! You’re all skin and bones!”
Your reply: “Are you kidding me? I’m about to bust out of these pants! I couldn’t eat another bite if you paid me!”

Questioner: “That’s all you’re going to eat?”
Your reply: “I assure you I’ve had plenty. Don’t worry, I know where to find it if I get hungry again!”

Plate-intruder: “Here, have another scoop of green bean casserole!”
Your reply: First hold up your hand to stop the intruder from dumping unwanted food onto your plate and then say: “I’m really stuffed and if you put it on my plate it will just go to waste.”

Peer-pressure-er: “Everyone’s having a piece of cheesecake. You don’t want to be left out, do you?”
Your reply: “How about I skip the cheesecake but join you for the conversation?”

Guilt-inflicter: “You must not like my cooking, you barely ate anything!”
Your reply: “That’s not true! I love your cooking—I’m just really full!”

Don’t worry about offending your food-pusher. In fact, don’t be surprised if they (and everyone else at the table) become envious of you for standing your ground! And if YOU are the food-pusher…stop pushing! No one likes a bully.

 

 

 

 

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